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Yes, I understand you. I have been fighting a depression myself for the past months, although it must have gone on longer than that, undiagnosed. I know how it feels, and understand how you just want it gone away. The direct answer to your question is: Selective memory loss is impossible. There is no way to forget that past year. But there is a way to get ...


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines Country        Organisation          Website Australia               Lifeline        &...


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Mental disorders are often accompanied by physical symptoms. However, it is of course difficult to determine whether this is the mental disorder causing the symptoms or it usually "co-appearing" together with other conditions. There are many physical conditions that appear more often in people with certain psychological conditions. Here are a few studies you ...


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The most credible source for diagnosis and evaluation of mental conditions is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published and updated every few years by the American Psychiatric Association. The latest and most updated edition is the 5th edition. Despite being a professional manual and guidelines for psychologists and ...


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YES, according to: The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the United States and National Heath Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a clinically approved method to treat depression, without the usage of medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common and well-studied form of psychotherapy, ...


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Is it possible to forget our past(bad memories) through Electroconvulsive Therapy? No. To simplify somewhat, ECT is associated with: immediate general cognitive and memory dysfunction represented by disorientation (e.g. "Where am I? Why am I here? What's the date today?"): transient and generally resolves in a matter of 30-60 minutes after the procedure. ...


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What worked for me (and many others!) was exercise. After trying many antidepressants, I tried running. What got me motivated was an old article that I read about a clinical trial done by the University of Wisconsin around 1980. (Sorry, I could not find it today). IIRC, half of the group was given Prozac with no exercise, and the other half ran but was not ...


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Thyroid function and serotonin activity are highly linked. Serotonin stimulates hypothalamic TRH (Thyroid Releasing Hormone) production, leading to an increase in TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) production from the pituitary. Serotonin stimulates hypothalamic TRH production which leads to an increase in TSH production from the pituitary. Adequate ...


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This answer is based on the fact that you have been in a region with less sunlight for several years and continue to suffer. It therefore focuses on Seasonal Affective Disorder, which you may or may not have. Seasonal affective disorder is an actual illness, and a form of depression. Unfortunately, it is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is recognized in ...


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I've suffered from depression quite a few years in my life. One basic long-term cause I have found is my basic worldview - whether I see reality as fundamentally "good" or "bad". This takes a long time to improve. But in the short term, I find my feelings strongly influenced by my ability to effectively respond to what life has brought along. If I set ...


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Seroquel (quetiapine) is quite well known to cause perhaps the most sedation among all the drugs in the 'atypical antipsychotic' class of medication due to its strong histamine and alpha receptor antagonism. In fact, although there is much controversy surrounding this, Seroquel is being prescribed more often as an 'off-label' treatment for insomnia due to ...


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Since you mention several of these episodes weeks apart, a few possible diagnosis come to my mind: One possible diagnosis for a person with these symptoms could be (rapid cycling) bipolar disorder. While bipolar disorder is often associated with people experiencing very noticeable episodes of mania, bipolar disorder can also present with "hypomania" a less ...


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Yes they can. Co-occurring conditions like depression may also contribute to low libido. This is a good article that discusses the details. The mechanisms by which antipsychotic drugs may cause sexual dysfunction are as follows: histamine receptor antagonism, dopamine receptor antagonism, dopamine D2 receptor antagonism, cholinergic ...


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I came across a similar question in Psychology.SE whilst researching CBT for a course I was studying. The short answer As I will cover in the long answer, there has been a lot of articles stating that CBT is very effective, and there are articles which have stated that it is not as effective as has been claimed. CBT is not a single model of therapy, ...


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Professional Advice is vital Psychologist: I know you said you can’t afford to see a psychologist, and I can’t judge you. I don’t know of your financial background and costs of health care in your local region. I do want to point out that basically, what you have to ask yourself is how much your health is worth to you. If you can somehow manage to see a ...


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Definitely, exercise. Any form. Running is often mentioned because of "runner's high," but I have bad knees so... I walk. I walk with earbuds and listen to my favorite music. I change where I walk and the music I listen to frequently. Then you have swimming, yoga, pilates, hit a handball at a wall, dance, martial arts, hiking, biking, climb a wall, all ...


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This is currently impossible to answer definitely. There is further a difference between 'could become a risk' and 'will likely be a risk'. Only now are even the warnings about the long established connection between SSRI/SNRIs and several forms of sexual dysfunction, including persistent symptoms of discontinuation required to be included on the drug's ...


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More vacation time will come at the expense of a higher daily workload, which can cause even more stress, see e.g. here. If you can work 8 hours a day, exercise, eat dinner and go to bed on time, there should be no need to go on vacation just to wind down. So,on the long term, you'll be better off having a bit more free time every day and using that extra ...


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A recent review looked at 26 studies that examined mental state after smoking cessation. The review found LESS depression among people who quit, not more. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3923980/ Anything is possible, but based on this, it would be best to look elsewhere for the cause(s) of your complaint. Also remember that depression is a ...


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Also provided at the Medscape webpage linked by @GrahamChiu, Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been demonstrated by the American Psychiatric Association to be an effective and safe treatment for many psychiatric disorders. (Jaffe, 2001) The use of ECT still generates significant controversy, however. One review concluded that ECT is only marginally more ...


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Approximately 100,000 patients annually receive ECT in the United States. and In the United States, ECT is most commonly performed 3 times per week regardless of electrode placement. [1] More frequent regimens are not justified. [1] Treatments 2 times per week may result in less memory impairment than treatments 3 times per week. [1, 9] Compared with ...


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Stress- relief techniques can help manage anxiety... specific ones to incorporate based on anxiety are... Mindful meditation as shown by the study in this article... http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/ajp.149.7.936 Meditation can be performed in the morning before the toddlers awake, or after they go to bed. Even 5 minutes consistently done ...


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Thoughts about wanting to die or killing oneself do constitute suicidal ideation. Ideation is defined as the process of forming ideas or images. So that applied to suicide or wanting to die = suicidal ideation. That said, it doesn't mean that the individual is at immediate risk of completing suicide. Depression is common; 1/3 of human beings alive ...


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National Alliance for Mental Illness - NAMI (Main Line, PA) quotes an article from SAMHSA: Therapy is a collaborative process, so finding the right match-someone with whom you have a sense of rapport-is critical. After you find someone, keep in mind that therapy is work and sometimes can be painful. However, it also can be rewarding and life changing. In ...


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According to DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 819) a delusion is a "false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly held despite what almost everyone else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary. ... When a false belief involves a value judgement it ...


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All Anti-Depressants poop out equally for TR patients. Having just now signed up on this site, it seems a prerequisite to post is that you ought to have at least minimally researched the question, since the site compels ME not to ask for clarification. Either your or Kramer's interpretation (or both) of the phenomenon of tachyphylaxis, especially related to ...


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TL;DR There isn't really a scientific consensus. There appears to be a connection between cortisol and depression, but cortisol anomalies appear neither necessary nor sufficient for depression The scientific community believed that there is a strong connection between the "happiness hormone" serotonin (5-HT or 5-hydroxytryptamine). This so-called ...


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First of all, you have to be aware that most studies cited are on animals, not humans. Applicability of that data for humans is limited. Second, this molecule is interacting with all kinds of tissues thoughout the entire body. Its pharmacology is quite complicated, but it shows a lot of potential. In general. Its use for depression is not yet among the ...


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